Halloween Emails: The Latest Phishing trap!
It’s the season to be scary as Halloween fast approaches us and spammers get ready to take advantage of this holiday. Internet security company Symantec, has already detected several Halloween themed spam e-mails in circulation. These spammed e-mails claim to promote e-cards, gift cards, jackpots, sweepstakes, personalized gifts, online contests, printed products and even costumes.
The following is a list of subject titles used on the said spammed e-mails:
- Win millions this Halloween!!!
- “xxxxx” Halloween Series Campaign Vol1
- Halloween Treat Bags, Home Decorations, and More
- Open this! $1 Million Prize
- Halloween Special! Up to 85% off ink and toner
- Halloween E-card – no cost
- Low Price Sexy Halloween Costumes SALE !!! Free Shipping , Free Gift
These e-mails may have a legitimate appearance but don’t be fooled by this mimicry. It is best to delete these e-mails without opening them, but if you do open one of them you will notice that it will request personal information from you -Phishing scam alert! They will claim that you have to provide such information in order to purchase the Halloween product, enter a competition or join a club.
Providing your personal details is the last thing you should do. Once a cyber-criminal has your details you can expect anything from being bombarded with spam e-mails to being a victim of Identity theft and fraud. Avoid becoming the next victim and be cautious with unsolicited e-mails this Halloween.